19 year old went to the website for stimulus check as a non-filer because she wanted the $1,200. Now her 2019 tax return was rejected because it says she filed already. Question: Do you think I can do an amended return to show her actual return (she's getting a refund) or will we have to mail it in and wait the six months to a year to get refund.
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You don't have to wait. You will have to file a paper return since it is coming up as already e-filed. The return you mail in as a paper return will be regarded as a "Precedent" return if filed before the tax filing date. It will then be regarded as the final return and supersede the what was considered the e-filed return.
If you wait till after the due date, you will then need to file an amended return.
From the IRS:
Duplicate returns related to Economic Impact Payment (EIP): If a filer used the Non-Filers tool to register for EIP, they cannot file a subsequent tax return electronically. They must complete a paper Tax Year 2019 Form(s) 1040/1040-SR, print and write “Amended EIP Return” at the top, and mail the return to the IRS. The tax return must be mailed by the postponed due date of July 15, 2020 to avoid late-filing penalties and late fees.
Your source for "wait the six months to a year to get refund" ? I have some OCD clients whose anxiety relates to waiting 14 weeks for a refund, but let's not encourage panic attacks.
What years will be accepted for e-filing of amended returns? Was it only 2018 to start, or did it include 2019? In any case, I don't think these will bypass the human review that mailed returns have always received.
Since all IRS employees were sent home in March (not all are back yet) and the mail since March is piled up in numerous trailers in the IRS parking lots and no one is working on them, I could see where it will take 6 -12 months assuming the virus goes away soon. Otherwise, it could be a lot longer wait. So don't sugar coat the wait time and set yourself up for numerous phone calls wanting to know where the refund is. Actions have consequences.
As reported July 1, for those who like to follow news and not rumors:
A few months into the IRS bringing employees back into offices across the country in a phased approach, Commissioner Charles Rettig said agency facilities will return to “full staffing” by July 15, and will prioritize tax return refunds and customer service through its call centers.
By that point, the IRS will reopen all of its processing and call centers, although Rettig said that it will require employees in some cases to work different shifts in order to meet social distancing requirements.